iFixit takes aside an Apple Watch Extremely, finds it tough to restore.


When iFixit took aside the iPhone 14 it found that Apple has redesigned the internals to make the telephone simpler to restore, incomes it a good rating of seven/10 on the repairability score. The brand new Apple Watch Extremely has 4 uncovered screws holding the again panel – does that imply that the brand new $800 smartwatch is simple to restore?

Effectively, no. Take a look at iFixit’s teardown video beneath, which explains the challenges of fixing a Watch Extremely.

The Apple Watch Ultra has a much bigger battery than the Series 8

Bigger speaker too

The Apple Watch Extremely has a a lot larger battery than the Collection 8 • Larger speaker too

A part of that’s unavoidable – the watch is rated for a formidable 100m water resistance and you’ll take it diving all the way down to a depth of 40m (130ft). That type of waterproofing requires a very good seal, so should you take the again off, it is advisable ensure you put in a brand new seal (and do it nicely too).

One other challenge is with the design itself – the battery can’t be accessed from the again, it’s important to take away the show. That was the case with the Watch Collection 7 as nicely, however the Apple Watch Extremely has a flat show and the metallic physique has a raised lip round it for defense. That makes eradicating the show with out breaking it very tough.

How a lot do repairs value? Going via official Apple channels will value you $100 for changing the battery, different extra concerned repairs (together with a damaged display screen) will likely be $500 with out an AppleCare+ plan (and $80 with it).

You’ll be able to take a look at iFixit’s battery and display screen alternative guides should you’re contemplating doing repairs your self.

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